Fetal & Neonatal Cardiology Educational Resources

To help prepare families for their time with the Fetal & Neonatal Cardiology Program, we developed a series of educational videos for our most discussed topics. Watch below. 

Breastfeeding Resources

After receiving an initial diagnosis of congenital heart disease, one of the most common questions families have is, "Can I breastfeed my baby after birth?" 

If your goal is to breastfeed your baby, that is our team's goal as well. We work one-on-one with families to be able to safely provide breast milk for their babies – whether through direct breastfeeding, bottle feeding expressed breast milk or expressed milk through a feeding tube. 

Lurie Children’s offers many resources for mothers and families, including certified breastfeeding specialists and international board-certified lactation consultants, that can help you reach your breastfeeding goals. For more information, download our informational sheet on breastfeeding.

If you have any questions regarding breastfeeding your baby, please watch the videos below or contact our team at 1.866.338.2524 (1.866.FETAL24) or fetalhealth@luriechildrens.org.

Telehealth Monitoring

Every patient who is diagnosed with single ventricle in infancy will be provided with additional telehealth support until their second surgery as part of the Interstage Home Monitoring Program. This Telehealth Monitoring program will include weekly scheduled visits with the patient and family in their home, along with daily remote patient monitoring.

Following a child's second heart surgery, we anticipate one visit in Lurie Children's High Acuity Transition (HeArT) Clinic. From there, we return care to your primary referring cardiologist or a satellite clinic more convenient for your family. If there are feeding issues and nasogastric (NG) tube remains as part of the care, Telehealth Monitoring will continue, and we will utilize our team to wean your child off the tube six weeks following the date of surgery (when your child has fully recovered from the surgical procedure) and then transition to your local referring cardiologist.   

Learn More About Telehealth Monitoring by watching the video below. 

*Telehealth devices are on loan temporarily and are returned to Lurie Children’s at the time of discharge from the Interstage Home Monitoring Program (typically shortly after the second surgery).